While the roots of Bodega Norton go back to 1895, it’s seen a lot of changes over the past 20-some years. It was bought by Austrian businessman Gernot Langes-Swarovski in 1989 and has seen a lot of investment since then to increase the quality and quantity of wine they produce. In 2006 they were named one of the top wineries in the world by Wine Spectator magazine, a testament to the work they had done over recent years.
Norton produces a number of different lines of wine and this malbec is from their Reserva line, which is a step up from their entry-level wines but certainly not the most expensive wine they produce.
A question some readers might have, with this review going up right previous to Thanksgiving, is “can I supply a malbec with Thanksgiving dinner?” And the answer is sure! Why not?!
The aromas in this wine are on the darker side, with plum, black cherry, mocha and http://1000-facts-about-wine.com some clove to make it fascinating. The only complaint on the nose is that it’s a bit fumy from the alcohol, although it’s not so strong to be a total turn off. The palate brings plum and cherry flavors with lively acidity. It also has a touch of black pepper spice. The tannins are moderate and the end is honestly long. While there’s not a lot to make this malbec stand out as unique, it is sturdy and pleasing.
Wine: Bodega Norton Reserva